OStatic is an example of GigaOm's beyond-blogging approach, integrating various services as part of a more complete microsite. In addition to blogs, OStatic includes a comprehensive directory of 150,000 open-source applications (similar to SourceForge), 30,000 closed-source applications, and a question-and-answer forum similar to Yahoo Answers. Readers can participate by contributing product reviews.
"We plant to track open source as a business and to make it easy to access information about various open-source projects," said Om Malik, founder and editor of GigaOm.
OStatic has about nine contributors who will be blogging about the news and events shaking up the open-source world.
The timing is right for OStatic as evidenced by growing acceptance of open source in corporations and the increasing valuations of open-source companies, Malik said. Sun Microsystems, for example, recently acquired MySQL for $1 billion.
OStatic was built in conjunction with Vox Holdings.